May 29, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Men's golfer Adam Schenk and softball's Maia Monchek were named Purdue's recipients of the 2014 Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, the league office announced on Thursday afternoon.
One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Schenk, a 2014 graduate from Vincennes, Indiana, led the Purdue men's golf team to its first NCAA Championship appearance since 2005 after the Boilermakers placed third at the NCAA Central Regional. A two-time All-Big Ten selection, Schenk averaged a team-best 72.59 strokes per round, the second-lowest average for any Purdue player since the 1997 season. He owned top-25 finishes in nine of his 13 tournaments this past year, including six top-10 placings. He placed 10th at the NCAA Central Regional after placing ninth as a junior and recorded seven rounds in the 60s in 2013-14 after having five in his first three years combined. Schenk will compete in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier next Monday for a shot at competing in the U.S. Open in two weeks at Pinehurst (N.C.).
Monchek, a second team All-Big Ten honoree in 2013, returned for a fifth-year for the Boilermakers in 2014. After battling through knee injuries early in her career, the three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection batted .270 with four doubles and a triple in her final campaign. The San Mateo, California, native scored 15 runs, including three game winners, and also drove in four RBI, including the game winner vs. Towson. The team's top bunter, Monchek laid down nine sacrifices, a tally which ranked fifth among Big Ten players. In addition, she reached base in 39 of the 51 games she played, including a stretch of 10 straight. She recorded six multi-hit efforts and posted two perfect days at the plate, including a 3-for-3 effort against Penn State. Monchek also drew 19 walks and was hit by a pitch five times. She was named to the Louisiana Class all-tournament team.